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What's on in Wellington this month

Your monthly guide to the hottest events in Wellington. Check out what's on the calendar of good times this October.

The Pink Hammer

Five unhappy people in a shed full of tools. What could possibly go wrong? Join Maggie Taylor as she guides you through basic carpentry skills and chisels away at the stereotype that has kept women out of the toolbox for so long. ‘A damn good play. Very funny.’ – Roger Hall.

New Zealand Improv Festival

This Wellington-born festival brings together improvisors from around New Zealand and the world for a professional and productive week of development, connection, learning and laughter. Head along to the opening night party for a taste of what's to come during the festival. 

Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers

Don't miss the opportunity to see the original A Star Is Born legend and Country Music Hall of Fame’s Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers live on stage performing the hits from the Kristofferson songbook.

Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God

With whip-smart dialogue, bittersweet humour, impossible choices and two dolls, Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God explores the gap between the couples and between the west and the developing world in a satire on aid and post colonialism, asking who has lead the better life.

Dylan Moran

Moran is back in the capital to give his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.

The Keys Are in The Margarine at Hannah Playhouse

A play created from interviews with people with direct experience of Alzheimer's Disease: caregivers, family members, doctors, and support workers. It interweaves hilarity with heartbreak to poignant effect, while providing deep insight into what it means to be human.

World of WearableArt® Awards Show

Journey out of this world and into a breathtaking world of creativity as the internationally renowned World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW) returns to Wellington for a three-week show season. WOW really is a feast for the senses. 

Blackbird Ensemble Perform Björk: All is Full of Love

Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand’s most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk. The New Zealand vocalist line-up features Anna Coddington, alongside two new additions – psychedelic soul singer Mara TK and dream-pop artist Priya Sami from the Sami Sisters.

Wellington Phoenix are back!

The Wellington Phoenix have a fresh squad of young, hungry players ready to emblaze their mark on the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season. Here's your chances to see the team in action this month: 

Wellington Phoenix Community Day & Pre-Season Match - 6 October

Wellington Phoenix vs Western United  - 13 October

Wellington Phoenix vs. Perth Glory - 27 October 

Maker Faire Wellington 2019

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is an all-ages celebration and exhibition of the diverse hobbies, experiments, projects and innovations of the creative Maker community in New Zealand.


Wellington dance music fans are in for a treat with the first-ever performance of Synthony in Wellington. Combining the best of electronic dance music with the full might of Orchestra Wellington, plus guest appearances by some of New Zealand’s musical legends, the show will transform TSB Arena into a dance party like no other.

Highlight: Carnival of Lights

HighLight: Carnival of Lights is shining a spotlight on the Hutt’s Civic Precinct with immersive light installations and performances. The festival is free of charge and on all Labour Weekend from Friday, 25 October to Monday, 28 October from 8pm - 11pm.

Quatuor Ébène

Marking their 20th anniversary in 2019, Quatuor Ebène has undertaken a project almost symphonic in scale: Beethoven Live Around the World. This concert is going to be a piece of Beethoven history; a moment when people around the world are connected by these extraordinary string quartets. 

Split Level Viewfinder: Theo Schoon & NZ Art

A survey of controversial New Zealand art figure, Theo Schoon, that explores his work in relation to other well-known New Zealand artists. 

Nike Savvas - Finale: Bouquet at Toi Art

See the best in Kiwi art and photography when two vibrant new exhibitions get underway at Toi Art this weekend: The New Photography - Life in the 60s and 70s curated by Athol McCredie, and Gordon Walters: New Vision. 


Explore the diverse technologies and politics used in post-Snowden eavesdropping, featuring works by: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Fayen d’Evie and Jen Bervin, Sean Dockray, the Manus Recording Project Collective, Susan Schuppli, Joel Spring, and Samson Young.